Carmen is a name of ancient Norman origin. It arrived in England
with the Norman Conquest
of 1066. It is a name for a person who was known as the carman,
or one who rented or let out vehicles. Often carmen were known as hostilers.
Early Origins of the Carmen family
The surname Carmen was first found in Cumberland
in the lands of Carman where they held a family seat
from very ancient times before 1100 A.D.
Early History of the Carmen family
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Carmen Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. When the Normans
became the ruling people of England
in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Carman, Carmen, Carmine, Carmyn and others.
Early Notables of the Carmen family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Carmen family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England
. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Carmen or a variant listed above were:
Carmen Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Maria Del Carmen, aged 37, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1849 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
Carmen Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- David Carmen, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749-1752
- Mr. Michael Carmen Sr., U.E. (b. 1708) born in Kahl, Germany who settled in Matilda, Dundas County, Ontario c. 1783 he married Magdalena Walter in 1740 they had 2 children, he died in 1790 CITATION[CLOSE]
Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
Contemporary Notables of the name Carmen (post 1700)
- Gerald P. Carmen, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from New Hampshire, 1964 CITATION[CLOSE]
The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 12) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html